Wendy Holdener loves South Korea.
The Swiss Alpine skier - who has won three medals here - made sure her teammates also showed some love at Yongpyong Alpine Center.
After winning the inaugural Olympic nations team event Saturday, Holdener persuaded the five-strong team to make heart shapes with their raised arms on the finish-area podium.
It meant “I Love Korea,” she explained.
“I just had three good weeks here in South Korea and I’m really thankful for that,” Holdener said.
She heard about the “I love Korea” slogan after taking silver in the slalom last week. She also got bronze in Alpine combined.
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“It’s great to start in four competitions and go home with three medals,” said Holdener, who’s the only Alpine skier who will.
Two-time medalists who did not enter the team event include Marcel Hirscher and Mikaela Shiffrin, who both lead the overall World Cup standings.
Holdener is Shiffrin’s closest - though distant - challenger in the World Cup, which resumes next weekend in Switzerland.
“Three medals and no energy,” said the weary 24-year-old, who will always have Pyeongchang in her heart.